Croatia in summer

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Summer in Croatia is a spectacular time of year, with sizzling temperatures, dazzling events and plenty of exciting activities to impress any traveler. The sunny season is all about festivals and beach fun during the long warm days and mild nights, with plenty of dry days for sightseeing and island-hopping. 

Why should I visit Croatia in the summer?

The warm, sunny climate and beautiful coastline here make Croatia a supremely popular destination in summer. Its beaches and coastline are a hit with both locals and visitors, while the historic narrow streets of towns and cities like Hvar and Dubrovnik are at their most picturesque during the long summer sunsets. 

Best things to do in Croatia in the summer

With hundreds of islands, a pleasant climate, and delicious seafood straight from the Adriatic, Croatia in summer is a glorious time of year. Read on for some of the best ways to make the most of your summer vacation in Croatia.

Go cliff jumping in Istria

The Istrian Peninsula in northern Croatia is a popular destination for summer visitors thanks to its breathtaking coastline and adrenaline-pumping activities. Swimmers of all ages leap off tall cliffs into the clear warm waters of the Adriatic below. It's the perfect way to cool off on hot summer days.

Adventures in Hvar

This little island on the southern coast of Croatia, accessible by ferry from the city Split, might be small, but it has plenty to keep you busy. Explore its diverse charms, including vineyards, forests, fishing ports, and beaches, all under glorious summer sunshine. By night, head to its lively restaurants and clubs for fun nights out.

Exceptional sunsets in Rovinj

Sunset-seekers will absolutely love the warm summer dusk in Rovinj. The sunset here seems to last longer than most other places during summer, making for truly magical moments. Best enjoyed with a glass of Croatian wine in a romantic seafront restaurant, sunsets here will wow. 

Go on a coastal road trip

Summer is a prime time for a road trip, so pick up a rental car and take to the stunning coastline of Croatia. The section between Dubrovnik and Split is one not to be missed. Expect incredible viewpoints over the ocean, and some secluded beaches for swimming picnic breaks.

Enjoy truffles in Motovun

Love food? You’ll love Motovun, a tiny hilltop town in Istria known for its delicious truffles. Expect to find all things truffle, from oil to cheese, ice cream, and even liquor. Wander this charming town's streets and fortifications before feasting on the locally-sourced produce at small bistros by night.

What’s the weather like in Croatia in the summer?

Summers in Croatia are generally warm and pleasant, with coastal areas the warmest and sunniest. Temperatures during the Croatian summer average about 85°F, sometimes reaching into the low 90s. Days average about 15 hours of sunlight. You'll need sun protection like sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats, and remember to stay hydrated on hot days.

When to go in Croatia?

Croatia has two different climates. On the coast, the climate is Mediterranean: winters are pleasant and summers are hot. Further inland, winters are very cold and summers are hot and stormy. The best time to visit Croatia is between May and September: the weather is glorious and the sea is warm enough for swimming. For those who don't like crowds, avoid the touristic coast during July and August. And beware of the wind throughout the year!
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